New Records of Gall-inducer and Inquiline Insects in a Few Mediterranean Countries, with Biological Notes
Keywords:Gall-inducing insects, Hymenoptera Cynipidae, Lepidoptera Gelechiidae, biological cycle
An annotated list of some gall-inducing and inquiline insects found on herbaceous plants and trees in Italy and in other few Mediterranean countries is reported. Among the gall-inducer species, Phanacis phoenixopodos (Mayr, 1882) is new for the Italian peninsula, Callirhytis rufescens (Mayr, 1882), Andricus quercusramuli (L., 1761) and Plagiotrochus amenti Kieffer, 1901 (Cynipidae: Hymenoptera) are new for Sicily; the latter was previously cited from Italy without collecting data. Oecocecis guyonella Guenée, 1870 was found in Libya and Amblypalpis olivierella Ragonot, 1886 (Gelechiidae: Lepidoptera) in Jordan, Libya, Northern Yemen, and the United Arab Emirates. In addition, Saphonecrus gallaepomiformis (Boyer de Fonscolombe, 1832) (Cynipidae: Hymenoptera), a common inquiline of P. amenti, is new for Italy.
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